Defending champion Gavin Green concluded day one of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic atop the leaderboard with a two-stroke lead over Southern California’s Rico Hoey at the El Paso Country Club.
“I got off to a slow start, I was three over after four holes, but then I just restarted myself and my game and played good golf after that,” said Green. “I made a few putts and that changed my game. Going into tomorrow I just have to play my own game and try and stay patient.”
The New Mexico senior shot 71 in the first round before tying the tournament’s best individual round and best second round scores of 62. Green joins Billy Horschel (Florida, 2006) as the lowest second round score in tournament history. Aside from Green and Horschel, Luke List (Vanderbilt, 2006), and Webb Simpson (Wake Forest, 2007) have also shot rounds of 62 in the 40-year old tournament.
Green finished the day in style carding an eagle on the par-5 ninth hole, his final hole of the day.
Hoey is two shots back in second with scores of 69 and 66, while Missouri’s Ryan Zech stands in third at 5-under.
Third-round tee times are scheduled for 8:00 a.m. (MT) on Sunday, Nov. 9, at the El Paso Country Club.